Hello and Welcome All, to the brand new and improved digital home for the 2nd annual Classic City Fringe Festival. Although we (the creative team behind the scenes) have been steadily working 24-7 over the last few months to prepare for this year’s festival, there have been some exciting changes made, including an all new and exciting digital component, that it is only now that we are ready to unveil and share some of these fabulous changes with Athens and the Fringe Community at large.
First of all if you haven’t taken a good look around the web site you should spend a few moments just getting yourself oriented to the new design. Whether you are just now hearing about the festival and are asking yourself, “So what IS a Fringe Festival?” Or a return vendor, performer, sponsor or volunteer from last year and just looking to get involved again, you can find it all and probably more than you thought you wanted to know!
Here are a few tips to help you along your way as you peruse the new site.
Tip 1) You can’t get lost! No matter where you are, “Oh-no I am on a page which talks about past performers and I really wanted to read the latest post!” – no problem. The site is specifically designed to turn back on itself in numerous ways, creating an easy to use circular framework rather than a linear one where you can literally come to a page that has no way forward or back (a design often seen in large corporate sites either due to poor design, or as I’ve thought to myself on occasion, by design…to keep you staring at that bright red blinking “Invest With US NOW!” button until out of sheer deer in the headlights syndrome you finally push it, only to get a message that thanks you for having invested everything you own including your first born and a handful of blank checks made out to the corporation…they NOW OWN YOU…mwhahahaha! Okay but I’m getting way off topic. So simply put you can’t get stuck or lost anywhere within the site. If ever you feel like you took a wrong turn simply look to the sidebars of the page or in some cases, scroll to the bottom where you will see links for “Home“, “Schedule“, “Performers” and maybe most importantly “Donate” and “How to Participate“.
Tip 2) You could just zip around all over the page, but there are a few things you want to make sure you check out, especially if you plan to be involved in the Festival in any capacity. For example probably one of the first things that really stand out are the Performer Submission Forms, found on several pages. These forms due by August 31st which will be here before you know it, so if you are feeling the urge to show off that act with the Chicken and the jug that you’ve been working on forever, go ahead and get signed up today, after all to fill out the form is free, so what do you have to lose?
Tip 3) Whether you’re a total newbie on the Fringe Scene or you and your artist buddies have been driving your converted bus from Fringe festival to Fringe festival like a reformed deadhead, there is absolutely one thing you should check out first….And that is the incredible tale of “How it All Began“, The Classic City Fringe Festival’s very own origin story as written by the founders themselves…well mostly written by one of the founders, Marty Cronk, but the others contributed too. It’s a great example of how something wonderful, something truly needed in Athens came to be from such a humble beginning.
The Fringe Festival provides a safe place for performers and vendors of all kinds, to show the people of Athens just how creative our large population of independent artists can be. The public gains the opportunity to see something that perhaps they’ve never seen before but will instantly fall in love with, as I did at the very first burlesque show I ever went too. There are sure to be unique artists with goods for sale of the highest quality craftsmanship in addition to performers of all varieties. Sideshow, street theater, Burlesque, fire-eaters, music, puppetry, dramatic theater, comedy, magic, and of course dancing of all kinds. I hope you’ll come and check it out. It may be the most fun you have all year.
S0 stay tuned…RIGHT HERE (and on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram , Google+ and Pinterest) for continuing updates as we release the schedule, reveal the full list of performers, and finally roll out our brand new ticket packages – I’ve got a little surprise up my sleeve that I think everybody will be pleased with . Hint: quite possibly a collectible item to be taken from festival to festival? You’ll find out soon enough.
Until next time!